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For Christ and Country

Militant Catholic Youth in Post-Revolutionary Mexico

For Christ and Country

Militant Catholic Youth in Post-Revolutionary Mexico

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Hardback

£75.00

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781108493024
Number of Pages: 213
Published: 29/08/2019
Width: 15.9 cm
Height: 23.5 cm
Why did Jose de Leon Toral kill Alvaro Obregon, leader of the Mexican Revolution? So far, historians have characterized the motivations of the young Catholic militant as the fruit of fanaticism. This book offers new insights on how diverse sectors experienced the aftermath of the Revolution by exploring the religious, political, and cultural contentions of the 1920s. Far from an isolated fanatic, Leon Toral represented a generation of Mexicans who believed that the revolution had unleashed ancient barbarism, sinful consumerism, and anticlerical tyranny. Facing attacks against the Catholic essence of Mexican nationalism, they emphasized asceticism, sacrifice, and the redemptive potential of violence. Their reckless enthusiasm to launch assaults was a sign of their devotion. Leon Toral insisted that 'only God' was his accomplice; in fact, he was cheered by thousands who dreamed of bringing the Kingdom of Christ to beleaguered Mexico.

Robert Weis (University of Northern Colorado)

Robert Weis is Professor of History at the University of Northern Colorado and the author of Bakers and Basques: A Social History of Bread in Mexico (2012).

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